NABO super-middleweight champion Edgar Berlanga has vowed to light up New York with a knockout show on Saturday, live on Sky Sports from 2.30am on Sunday morning.
The undefeated 25-year-old, who is nicknamed ‘The Chosen One’ and has a record 16 first-round knockouts to date in his 19 fights, will take on the cunning Colombian Alexis Angulo in the 10-round main event at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden as he tries to get closer to a world title.
Born in Brooklyn and whose family is from Puerto Rico, Berlanga said, “I’m excited. It’s Puerto Rican day [Parade] weekend. [The first one] since the pandemic, two years. I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid. I feel like I’ve spoken it into existence. My hard work has paid off and now we are here.
“I’m just looking forward to performing, exploding like I always do and bringing back the old Edgar Berlanga.
“Angulo is the type of fighter to come forward. Hopefully he will this Saturday. He’s a tough, rough fighter. He makes it look ugly, come forward. He’s got power just like me. He’s powerful, so it’s gonna be a great night.
“I’m looking for a huge win. I’m ready to pull out all the stops.”
Angulo, 38, who has two losses in his 29 fights, said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity and I am going to take full advantage of it. We are going to give a good presentation for everyone.”
The winner of the fight is the first recipient of the Miguel Cotto Trophy from Madison Square Garden. Puerto Rican icon Cotto, a four-division world champion who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend, headlined five MSG fights on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade and will be ringside on Saturday night.
Watch Fight Night International live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event on Sunday from 2.30pm.